The Chowman and Mrs. Chowman got out of the 'hood on Monday night.
When we called for reservations, there was no room in the main dining area, but we were able to secure a table near the bar. We ended up at the table with the big red tub chairs. We started with two glassses of BC bubbly.
There was something of a delay (too long by several minutes) between the delivery of the bubbles and the taking of our orders. To start, I had ostrich carpaccio and Mrs. C had the winter salad. The carpaccio with soba salad and beet/horseradish was wonderful with the BC pinot noir by the glass. Mrs. C had the winter salad with "nice cripsy onion fried things", pecans, stilton, pear, and greens.
For the main course, I had the winterzooi (sp?) a variation on bouillabaisse with curry broth and crab gnocchi (not shown on the menu on Chambar's website?). Mrs. C had the mussels coquotte. The Basa Blanco suggested by out first server went well with both entrees. We had two glasses each. The mussels involved a very generous serving which required my assistance to finish. Very tasty. Not too much cream. The bacon added just the right amount of smokiness to the dish.
I passed on dessert. I had some very expensive armagnac. Mrs. C had the special vanilla infused amaretto which was "not that special and not that vanilla."
The food was very good. We lost our first server about one hour into our two hour meal. Curious. We arrived at 7:30 so it was not late in the evening. There was more delay betweeen the end of the main course and the delivery of dessert menus.
Ambiance: It was not loud. We were not in the main dining room so that may have helped. The dining area is attractive.
Service: Some time gaps of note. The servers were gracious and there was timely water service.
Food: The entrees were under $25 and were very flavourful and a reasonable size (or more).